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Samsung Galaxy S5: Curved display Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch rumoured to join launch party

If recent speculation is to be believed, Samsung's new smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear 2, could join its next flagship handset, the Galaxy S5, in being launched at a special event in London later this year.

According to ZDNet Korea, the Galaxy Gear 2 will offer a number of improvements over its predecessor and could debut alongside the S5 at the rumoured March or April London unveiling.

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Adding fuel to the fire, Samsung has previously hinted that its next wearable would indeed hit the catwalk alongside the Galaxy S5.

"When we release our S5 device, you can also expect a Gear successor with more advanced functions, and the bulky design will also be improved," commented Lee Young Hee, Samsung executive VP of mobile.

Among the key changes for the Galaxy Gear 2 will be a curved display in the style of the Samsung Galaxy Round or LG G Flex.

It follows that the new Galaxy Gear will adapt its overall design to suit the rounded screen, as Samsung looks to move away from the "bulky" aesthetic of its original smartwatch.

Elsewhere, we're still not sure what changes Samsung might be eyeing up under the hood for the Galaxy Gear 2, but we'd hope for improved software functionality.

While Samsung was one of the first major players to enter the smartwatch space when it launched the Galaxy Gear last year, the device was far from the Korean firm's biggest success story and received mixed reviews from pundits.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy Gear review

Wearable technology was one of the hottest trends at CES 2014 and a number of other new products - from smartwatches to Google Glass rivals - are expected to come to market this year.